Volunteer Opportunities


  • Park Host Volunteer


  • Landscape & Maintenance Volunteer



  • Park Host Volunteer

    Current Openings: We currently do not have any openings for Park Hosts at the lake, but you may submit an application here for future opportunities.

    Overview
    Volunteer Park Hosts play a vital role for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As a Park Host you are a part of a team that includes Volunteers, Service Contractors, Park Rangers, Management and Administration. This team works together to conserve our national recreation resources and keep these valuable areas open to the public. In many cases, Park Hosts, and Gate Attendants are the first contact the public has with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Park Hosts are long term (6+ months) volunteers who make extended stays at campgrounds as a part of the project team. A choice campsite is reserved at no charge for these volunteers during their commitment to a project. Background Checks are required for Park Host Volunteers.

    Primary Responsibilities
    Provide hospitality, customer service, and promote safe responsible use of Corps of Engineers amenities to park guests. Open park gates at 6am, and close park gates at 10pm. Complete rounds through the park to ensure compliance with Park rules and regulations, and provide on-site reports to the Gatehouse attendants. May assist with light cleaning/upkeep of park facilities. In total, working a minimum of 20 hours per week while living in a natural outdoor setting in your own RV. 

    Secondary Responsibilities
    Create temporary community through fostering of communication between park visitors and personnel. Keep our parks friendly places for outdoor recreation and socialization. Provide valuable information on how to improve our parks by maintaining open communication with Rangers and Managers, and by passing on ideas for improvement gathered during daily contact with visitors.  

    Park Hosts take a tour of the park

    Minimum Qualificationsns

    • Desire to meet and interact with persons from varied backgrounds.
    • Appearance should be neat and a positive reflection of the organization.
    • Ability to remain calm under pressure, and during tense situations.
    • Cognitive and verbal ability to answer visitor questions and communicate park rules.
    • Cognitive and verbal ability to answer visitor questions and communicate park rules.
    • Physical ability to navigate camp loop and visit campsites, pick up trash, light cleaning, lift 20 lbs and carry 25 feet (position may require extended periods in the outdoors during adverse conditions such as heat, cold or rain.)
    • Physical ability to navigate camp loop and visit campsites, pick up trash, light cleaning, lift 20 lbs and carry 25 feet (position may require extended periods in the outdoors during adverse conditions such as heat, cold or rain.)
    • Visually able to spot safety hazards and take prompt appropriate action to correct in accordance with training provided.

    Desired Experience

    • Customer Service or work with public, especially children and elderly.
    • Previous park or outdoor recreation experience as employee or volunteer.
    • Knowledge of campfire activities, teaching experience, ability to host or lead interpretive programming.
    • Previous RV Experience

    For information regarding Volunteer Positions at Waco Lake, call or email Volunteer Coordinator Verlon Baize at (254) 399-9042.


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    Landscape & Maintenance Volunteer

    Current Openings: We are currently accepting applications for Landscape & Maintenance volunteer positions stationed at Reynolds Creek Campground, and at Airport Park Campground. Please visit the Volunteer Clearinghouse to apply.

    Overview
    Landscape & Maintenance Volunteers play a vital role for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  As a Landscape & Maintenance Volunteer, you are a part of a team that includes Volunteers, Service Contractors, Park Rangers, Management and Administration.  This team works together to conserve our national recreation resources and keep these valuable areas available to the public. In some cases, volunteers are the only contact the public has with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Landscape & Maintenance Volunteers make extended stays (usually 3+ months) at campgrounds located in scenic areas as a part of the project team. A choice campsite is reserved at no charge for these volunteers during their commitment to a project. Background Checks are required for Landscaping & Maintenance volunteers.

    Primary Responsibilities
    Upkeep of park facilities such as: bath houses, play grounds, campsites, trails and natural areas. This requires inspection of facilities for repair needs, repairing facilities, mowing, weed eating, and other environmental conservation techniques. Work Schedule is Monday through Friday, 8am to 12pm.

    Secondary Responsibilities
    Create temporary community through fostering of communication between park visitors and personnel. Keep our parks friendly places for outdoor recreation and socialization.
    Provide valuable information on how to improve our parks by maintaining open communication with Rangers and Managers, passing on ideas for improvement gathered during daily contact with visitors. 

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Desire to work (min 20 hours/week) and live in outdoor setting with your own RV
    • Work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8am to 12pm.
    • Desire to meet and interact with persons from varied backgrounds.
    • Cognitive and verbal ability to answer visitor questions and communicate with other park personnel.
    • Physical ability to operate mowing and maintenance machinery lifting and carrying 30 lbs for 100 feet (position may require extended periods in the outdoors during adverse conditions such as heat, cold or rain.)
    • Visually able to spot safety hazards and take prompt appropriate action to correct in accordance with training provided.

    Desired Experience

    • Landscaping, planting and care of flowers or other small plants
    • Natural resource conservation or trail work
    • Custodial work (cleaning, painting, light repairs)
    • Mechanical Skills to maintain equipment
    • Plumbing and electrical experience
    • Previous RV Experience

    For information regarding Volunteer Positions at Waco Lake, call or email Volunteer Coordinator Verlon Baize at (254) 399-9042.


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